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Undecided 43%
Elizabeth Warren19%
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Response to OldRed2450 (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 05:30 AM

11. It is the States that decide when


their primaries should be.

Should IA and NH be first? They've made their decisions. There is no reason why other states can't change their own primary dates to come first.

This is a gotcha question that NEVER should have been asked of a Presidential candidate.

Some - too many here even - don't seem to understand the roles played by the states. Please review the process: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_primary

... The United States Constitution has never specified the process; political parties have developed their own procedures over time. Some states hold only primary elections, some hold only caucuses, and others use a combination of both. These primaries and caucuses are staggered, generally beginning sometime in January or February, and ending about mid-June before the general election in November. State and local governments run the primary elections, while caucuses are private events that are directly run by the political parties themselves. A state's primary election or caucus is usually an indirect election: instead of voters directly selecting a particular person running for president, they determine the number of delegates each party's national convention will receive from their respective state. These delegates then in turn select their party's presidential nominee.
The staggered nature of the presidential primary season allows candidates to concentrate their resources in each area of the country one at a time instead of campaigning in every state simultaneously. In some of the less populous states, this allows campaigning to take place on a much more personal scale. However, the overall results of the primary season may not be representative of the U.S. electorate as a whole: voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and other less populous states which traditionally hold their primaries and caucuses in late-January/February usually have a major impact on the races, while voters in California and other large states which traditionally hold their primaries in June generally end up having no say because the races are usually over by then. As a result, more states vie for earlier primaries, known as "front-loading", to claim a greater influence in the process. The national parties have used penalties and awarded bonus delegates in efforts to stagger the system over broadly a 90-day window. Where state legislatures set the primary or caucus date, sometimes the out-party in that state has endured penalties in the number of delegates it can send to the national convention.

Warren understands that. The questioner did NOT. Please do not use this as yet another reason to bash her.
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Elizabeth Warren

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